"He told me he just got done talking to (Notre Dame assistant) coach (Bernie) Parmalee on the phone, and that he said they have a lot of interest in me and they might offer," Hurst explained. "He told me I should give coach Parmalee a call.
"I called him and he gave me a verbal offer."
The Notre Dame coaching staff got to see James Hurst work out in person on July 1st at a one-day camp in South Bend, and the 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle even got some personal pointers from head coach Charlie Weis.
Apparently, everyone liked what they saw.
"Coach Parmalee told me they were going to offer me a scholarship, and then on September 1st, I will get to talk to coach Weis on the phone.
"He was telling me that (offensive line) coach John Latina was really impressed with what I did, and that I'm kind of what they're looking for. He said they talked about it and liked what I have to offer.
Hurst was hanging out with his parents, brother, aunt, uncle and cousin when he received the news. His father played both offensive and defensive line for Alabama in the 1970s. His brother Nelson is a tight end at Mississippi State, where Hurst currently holds his other verbal scholarship offer.
"Everyone was pretty excited," Hurst said. "We're pretty much a football family, and Notre Dame really has great tradition, and we know what a Notre Dame offer means."
Hurst, who plays both tackle positions, is arguably the best player in the state in the class of 2010. Besides his two offers, Purdue and Indiana are showing a lot of interest. Hurst camped at both places this summer.
"They didn't mention an offer, but I got to talk to both of their head coaches and they have high interest in me. We'll see."
Soon, most of the country will be interested in Hurst.
Hurst has already made the decision to be an early enrollee to whatever college he decides. He certainly has the grades to do it, judging by his 4.135 GPA. Hurst would also like to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior season.
"First of all, I like their academics," Hurst said of Notre Dame. "It's one of the most prestigious schools in the country. You have to be really good, or really smart to get in there.
"The campus is really nice and I like the coaches and the intensity they bring to workouts."
The Notre Dame coaching staff won't be the only one recruiting Hurst. His cousin is a big Irish fan, and just as quick as the offer came in, he began his recruiting pitch.
"He was trying to coax me into making an early decision, and I'm sure that will continue," Hurst laughed.